Dental implants can be the best solution for missing teeth. Sharde Harvey, DDS of Upper East Dental Innovations is a talented dentist with extensive training in full mouth cosmetic rehabilitation, serving the Manhattan community in New York City on the Upper East Side. Learn more about this conservative approach that provides natural-looking results: Call Upper East Dental Innovations or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that’s placed into your jaw to hold a replacement crown or bridge in place.
Typically made of titanium, Dr. Harvey surgically implants this metal post into your jaw bone beneath your gum line. A permanent or removable tooth is attached to the top of the implant post.
Implants can be used to replace a single tooth, to support a partial bridge which replaces several teeth, or to permanently attach full dentures or bridges in place.
Because dental implants are anchored into your jaw, they feel more natural and have more stability than other tooth replacement options.
A dental bridge replaces a missing tooth using other teeth as support. To fix a bridge in place, Dr. Harvey removes the enamel from your supporting teeth and cement crowns on top. Because enamel doesn’t grow back, these teeth will always need crowns for protection.
Dental implants are a more conservative approach to tooth replacement compared to traditional bridgework because they don’t rely on neighboring teeth for support.
There are several advantages to dental implants, including:
Dental implants are also easy to care for by regular brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings. When properly cared for, dental implants can last a lifetime.
Placing dental implants takes several months and multiple appointments.
To prepare for your implant procedure, Dr. Harvey and her team use digital images and impressions to identify the optimal location for your implant. Additional treatments like bone grafting and tooth extraction might be needed to prepare a solid foundation for your implant.
Your implant is placed using a special drill and tools. Dr. Harvey typically performs this procedure while you’re under local anesthesia, but Upper East Dental Innovations also offers sedation dentistry to ensure your experience is free from anxiety and discomfort.
After your mouth has healed and your implant has fused to your jaw, Dr. Harvey creates and places your custom-made crown.
Call Upper East Dental Innovations or schedule an appointment online to learn more about dental implants.